Strong partnerships and network
At APL we maintain a wide range of partnerships within the building industry, including strong links with representative industry and professional organisations, and group home builders.
Through our strong vertically integrated network, we supply independently-owned manufacturers, all over the country. These dedicated operators are the exclusive suppliers of APL products through our three brands: Altherm, First and Vantage. They share our commitment to excellence and our spirit of innovation.
Over the years, we have developed a unique way of working. We work on a 'one stop shop' theory, making the journey with us straightforward for our partners and their customers.
Within our vertically integrated network of companies we have an on-site aluminium extrusion plant (INEX), double-glazing manufacturing plant (AGP), surface finishing plants (Colour Works for powdercoating and FINEX for anodising), a manufacturing facility (APL Manufacturing), plastic profile extrusion (PPL) and a distribution fleet (APL Direct) servicing our manufacturers. See the full list below.
AGP (Architectural Glass Products)
Architectural Glass Products (AGP) is a brand-new state of the art double-glazing manufacturing business focused on supplying high quality products with exceptional service to its customers.
AGP operates out of a custom-built world-class facility in Hautapu, near Cambridge. Glass is an integral part of any window solution and APL can now offer the most advanced glass technology to their customers.
APL maintains a fleet of purpose-designed trucks to distribute our products to our manufacturers throughout the country.
In alignment with our commitment to sustainability, over 80% of our fleet is Euro-5 rated for exhaust emissions.
APL Manufacturing houses the country’s largest door manufacturing unit, producing thousands of aluminium entrance doors every year in a variety of designs and finishes.
Through APL’s pioneering research and development, aluminium doors are now prominent on the New Zealand market.
Nine machine centres are devoted to specialised manufacturing and ongoing development work. New products are always in the design process.
APL Manufacturing also employ's state-of-the-art technology, producing a variety of componentry using a robot arm and world-leading French diecast machine.
Colour Works has three powdercoat lines, used for all APL powdercoated windows and doors.
In 2016, New Zealand's first vertical powdercoat cube was installed as a third line. This world-leading technology allowed for greater capacity, speed and quality for our powdercoated products.
Off the back of the new cube technology, we have updated our manufacturing process across the board and now we can proudly say that we are a 'chromate-free' organisation.
FINEX (Finishing Excellence Ltd)
FINEX is APL’s on-site anodising plant, and is the most modern facility of its kind in New Zealand.
Our seven-step anodising process delivers a highly durable finish on the aluminium, available in six colour finishes.
Anodising is a well proven, surface finishing process that has been established in New Zealand for over 40 years.
IML (INEX Metals Ltd)
INEX Metals are specialists in general aluminium extrusions, supplied to manufacturers and fabricators nationwide.
INEX Metals supplies standard sections and shapes not used in the process of manufacturing windows and doors, including sheet, coil and plate.
INEX (Independent Extrusions)
INEX (Independent Extrusions) is the largest extruder of aluminium in New Zealand, supplying aluminium for approximately 70% of New Zealand's windows and doors.
INEX has two extrusion presses (2400 tonne 8 inch press and 1800 tonne 7 inch press), and uses the latest manufacturing processes.
INEX sources an overwhelming majority of their aluminium billets straight from Tiwai Point smelter in Bluff. INEX has a commitment to sustainability, and is the only extrusion company in the Southern Hemisphere to recycle billet with Tiwai with 99.9% of all aluminium waste sent back to the smelter and recycled.
Most of the billet from INEX is part of Rio Tinto’s START programme which allows full traceability and provides a digital sustainability label with information such as where the aluminium was produced and information from its production such as carbon footprint, water use, recycled content and energy sources.
Because Tiwai is fuelled by renewable energy, the billet they produce is some of the greenest in the world.
PPL (Profile Polymers Ltd)
PPL (Profile Polymers Ltd) is a leading state-of-the-art plastic profile extrusion facility, with five of the latest technology extrusion lines available from Europe.
PPL's core expertise is in the manufacture of flexible and rigid thermoplastic extruded profiles. Their products are used in a wide range of industries and applications such as Glazing, Building, Construction, Marine, Agriculture and Transport.
PPL offers plastic profile solutions from initial concept development, die design and manufacture, through to production and final delivery. They can also offer custom designed solutions to meet most requirements.
Our manufacturer network is located throughout New Zealand, as well as in some areas of the South Pacific. Through our three brands Altherm, First and Vantage we offer extensive coverage across the country, with manufacturers working on a wide variety of projects from residential to commercial projects.
Most of our manufacturers use leading-edge technology and systems, along with dedicated customer sales and support teams to ensure that our windows and doors are always of the highest quality. We have manufacturers in Samoa, Rarotonga, Fiji and Tahiti. We also have a sister company, AWS (Architectural Window Systems) in Australia.
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Massey University Auckland Campus
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New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB)
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New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC)
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New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB)
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Registered Master Builders
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Retirement Villages Association (RVA)
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Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA)
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Window & Glass Association New Zealand (WGANZ)
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Group builder partners
David Reid Homes
G.J. Gardner Homes
Green Homes NZ
Assa Abloy is our window and door hardware supply partner.
Dulux Powder Coatings
Dulux are our suppliers of quality powder coating colours.
For over 40 years Emmegi has been a leading global company in the design, production and trade of systems for machining profiles in aluminium, light alloy, PVC and steel.
We partner with Kömmerling to supply world-class uPVC products that are optimised for New Zealand.